Dr. John Alexander JAMES MiD

JAMES, John Alexander

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 14 January 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps (2/AIF)
Born: Broughton Creek (Berry), nr. Nowra, New South Wales, 21 May 1887
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney University
Occupation: Doctor
Died: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 20 February 1965, aged 77 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

14 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 5th Field Ambulance
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, 5th Field Ambulance, HMAT Ajana, Sydney
8 Apr 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, Australian Army Medical Corps (2/AIF)
11 Nov 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

John Alexander James

JOHN ALEXANDER JAMES (1887-1965) born at Broughton Creek, son of Charles Edward and Catherine Hemming James nee Hardy. On March 26th, 1915 he was appointed Captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps 1st AIF. He served as a Doctor and Surgeon at in the 5th Field Ambulance at Gallipoli, Turkey and later on the Western Front with the 22nd Battalion, 1st Australian General Hospital and the 15th Field Ambulance. In 1918 he was appointed the Deputy Assistant Director of medical services for the 5th Division and in December was promoted as temporary Lieutenant-Colonel and briefly commanded the 4th Field Ambulance. He was mention in Dispatches. He returned to Australia on November 11th, 1919. In Canberra he became association with the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

The John James hospital in Canberra was named in his honour

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"John Alexander James (1887-1965), medical practitioner, was born on 21 May 1887 at Broughton Creek (Berry), near Nowra, New South Wales, son of Charles Edward James, a Wesleyan clergyman from England who became a Presbyterian minister, and his Sydney-born wife Catherine Hemming, née Hardy. In the late 1890s the family moved to Queensland. John was educated at Brisbane Grammar School where he was a leading Rugby Union footballer, cricketer and rifle-shooter. At the University of Sydney (M.B., 1911; Ch.M., 1915) he was awarded Blues for Rugby and cricket.

After graduating, James worked as a resident medical officer, first at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney (1912-13), and then at the Coast Hospital, Little Bay. On 26 March 1915 he was appointed captain, Australian Army Medical Corps, Australian Imperial Force. He served at Gallipoli with the 5th Field Ambulance, and on the Western Front with the 22nd Battalion, the 1st Australian General Hospital and the 15th Field Ambulance. By 1918 he was deputy assistant director of medical services, 5th Division. Promoted temporary lieutenant colonel in December, he briefly commanded the 4th Field Ambulance. He was mentioned in dispatches and returned to Australia where his appointment terminated on 11 November 1919. In later life in Canberra he retained something of his military bearing and was closely associated with the Royal Military College, Duntroon..."CONTINUE READING LINK (adb.anu.edu.au)